Teaching

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In the past I have taught courses for Philosophy departments (at the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Alberta) ranging from Philosophy 101: Values and Society (an introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy) and Philosophy 102: Knowledge and Reality (an introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology) to Contemporary Ethical Issues, Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Sexuality, Humans and Animals, Philosophy of Food, and graduate seminars on Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler. In the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta I have taught courses on Contemporary Feminist Theory, Feminism and Food, Ecofeminisms, Feminism and Sexualities, Disability Studies, Body Politics, and Prison Abolitionism. In Fall 2018 I will be teaching WGS 298: Critical Issues, on the topic of Critical Animal Studies, as well as WGS 498: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies, on Anthropocene Feminisms.

In the last two years I have been excited to be teach three seminars in the new M.A. program in Gender and Social Justice in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. In Fall 2016 I taught a seminar on Prison Abolitionism, in Winter 2017 I taught a seminar on Anthropocene Feminism, and in Fall 2017 I taught the required GSJ 501 Praxis seminar which focused on theories of justice, critiques of “criminal justice,” and examining what we mean by “social justice.” The Prison Abolitionism course examined feminist of colour, critical race, decolonial, critical disability, queer and critical trans theory arguments for prison abolitionism; critiques of carceral feminism and noncarceral responses to violence against women; prison rape; the failure of prison reform in Canada and alternatives to retributive justice such as transformative justice. The Anthropocene Feminism seminar considered what social justice theories have to offer to analyses of the causes and appropriate responses to climate and other anthropogenic environmental change. The Anthropocene Feminism seminar will be offered again in Fall 2018.

In May 2017, with the collaboration of graduate students Paige Gorsak, Gabrielle Warner, Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, Randi Nixon, Esther Rosario, and Jessie Beier – and, more recently, with the help of my colleague Catherine Kellogg (Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta), and graduate students Stefan Dehod, Anthony Goertz, Emma Kaufman, and Esra Kazanbas – I began teaching a weekly Philosophy Club at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre, a medium-security prison half an hour outside of Edmonton. The Philosophy Club has been ongoing for over a year now.